Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXIII: Gulliver in Lilliput >> Page 213

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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unkindly feelings towards him, nor could he imagine the existence of
any such, in the bosom of Walter, towards himself. He was soon
taught otherwise by the prompt reply of his visitor, to the welcome
which he had thus given.
"That is to be seen, sir," said Walter, striding forward.
"Ah ! " and the memory of Stephen now recurred to the little billet
of Grace; and as he beheld the flushed face, and the wrathful expres-
sion in his eyes, he began to discover the clue to its meaning. He
could now conceive that he was to "beware" of Walter Dunbar,
though why this should be necessary was yet a perplexing puzzle.
"Yes, sir, it is to be seen, when you have heard me, how far my
visit will be welcome to you in what degree you will be glad to
see me."
"Go on, sir; let us hear what you have to say which renders neces-
sary so impressive an introduction. I should, indeed, be sorry to
think that any conduct of my brother's friend should make him less
than welcome to Stephen Joscelyn."
"You have nothing to do, sir, with my friendship for your brother.
You have no share in it. That shall not protect you ! "
"Protect me!" said Stephen, rising from his seat. "Protect me!
I am not in the habit, Mr. Dunbar, of calling upon any body for
my protection, or appealing to any name, however sacred, for such a
purpose. Speak, sir, what you have to say, and begone, as quickly as
you can. I do not long suffer the insolence of any man."
"What! braggart as well as slanderer ! "
"Slanderer!"
"Ay, sir, slanderer ! I come here to pronounce you, to your very
teeth, a slanderer. You have dared to speak insolently of me behind
my back; to seek to disparage me to my best friends; to vilify me
with offensive epithets; to do me injury, so far as your foul and
treacherous tongue could do it."
"You are mad mad as a March hare, or a more consummate
block-head than I thought you! I slander you! It is false! I pity you
too much, just now especially, to do you harm in any way. You are
either the inventor, or the repeater of a falsehood. Your informant,
if, indeed, you have one, is simply a liar!"